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The School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences offers 11 graduate degree programs.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology (Biochemistry), Clinical Anatomy, Experimental Therapeutics and Pharmacology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Nursing, and Physiology and Biophysics. In addition, a MD/PhD program is offered to highly qualified students who wish to pursue a career as physician-scientist.

The PhD is a research degree and is not conferred solely as a result of formal course work. To receive the doctoral degree, the candidate must demonstrate proficiency and distinctive attainment in a special field and a recognized ability for independent investigation as presented in a dissertation based upon original research. Because individual programs may have additional specific requirements, the student is urged to clearly identify them before beginning a course of study. A description of program-specific policies is available from the relevant program director.

The SGSHS offers Master of Science degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Investigation. The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program is designed for students who are either pursuing admission to professional school or wish to increase their academic credentials for the workforce. The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program is designed for healthcare professionals with a doctoral degree who wish to gain training and experience in clinical research.